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Similar symbol of another party confused Goa voters: AAP

PTI | Last Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 19:39

Panaji: The Aam Admi Party (AAP) on Saturday accused the local election officials of rigging the election process by providing a symbol to a rival candidate which it said resembled the party`s `broom` symbol.

The name and symbol of AAP`s Dattaram Desai on the Electronic Voting Machines in the North Goa Lok Sabha constituency was followed by Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya) candidate Raju D`Souza`s name, and his symbol of `battery torch` with rays of light.

AAP Goa chief Walmiki Naik, in a complaint to the Chief Electoral Officer, said this confused the voters in North Goa constituency, and therefore there should be a re-election.
The elections to both the parliamentary seats in Goa were held today.

Naik said the symbol `battery torch with rays` had been withdrawn in Delhi elections, but it was allowed here.

Naik`s application asked election officials "to determine if the unauthorised inclusion of rays (in SJP`s symbol) was done intentionally to confuse the voters.
Chief Electoral Officer Keshav Chandra was not available immediately for comments on the issue.

First Published: Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 19:39

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